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Abstinence-Only Sex Ed is Over
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Somebody has to say it: Our approach isn’t working, and it’s time to rethink “the talk.” It’s time to expand the conversation into territory where many evangelical parents dare not go. ...

The Persistent Stained-Glass Ceiling
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

More than 40 years have passed since Sally Priesand was ordained as the first female rabbi in the U.S. Since then, more than 800 female rabbis — including 647 in the Reform movement — have graduated from sever ...

What About the Women?
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Carol Keehan Pope Francis is clearly on a mission to alter the status quo, but will that extend to greater freedom for women's leade ...

Refusing to be Forgotten
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 1:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Kang Korean sex slaves—so-called "comfort women"—stand up for respect and justice. TORU HASHI ...

A Lifesaving Partnership
Originally Posted: 07/26/2013 - 9:41am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey The Global Fund has a plan to win the fight against the three major diseases of poverty—and it's working. ...

Evangelicals Decry ‘Silence’ on Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition decrying the “silence” and “inattention” of evangelical leaders to sexual abuse in their churches. “These events expose the troubling reality that, far too ...

Inspired By Malala: What Your Story Can Do
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Malala reminded us that the world is full of vitriol and violence, hate and ignorance — that this is true for people of all faiths, all backgrounds, all political parties. That there is no corner untouched by ...

Church of England to Draft New Legislation on Women Bishops
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

The Church of England’s governing body reaffirmed its commitment to consecrate women bishops with the aim of reaching final approval on an issue that has for so long split the church’s ranks no later than Nove ...

‘How Far Is Too Far?:’ Sexuality and Sexual Violence on Christian Campuses
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

For Christian college administrators, who take seriously the formation not just of mind but of spirit, the reality of campus-based sexual violence is challenging for many to admit. Yet it has serious implicati ...

Infant Mortality — Why Is America in 51st Place?
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

Here's the question: why does America have so many preterm babies? After I  blogged about expensive American childcare  earlier this week, my daughter Molly directed me to ...

How To Make Childbirth Safer (Not By Spending More Money)
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

The more inequality in a country's distribution of family income, the more mothers and babies die in childbirth. "American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World&quo ...

OMG! Miss Utah Made a Mistake! Let’s All Feel Superior!
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Her answer was painfully incoherent, and as you can tell in the video, the poor girl knew it. There’s a bit of irony in the question that has been missed. Maybe we should be asking, “What does it say about our ...

'From The Beginning:' Addressing the Roots of Sexual Violence in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

What about the manipulative behavior that gives rise to the delusion of consent? Was my pastor's not-quite-a-proposition an act of sexual violence? Editor’s Note : ...

AUDIO: A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A radio documentary with Susan Burton, Michelle Alexander, and five residents of A New Way of Life Reentry Project. ...

'Here is the Steeple:' Church Leaders Take on Sexual Violence Within Their Walls
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

A movement of lay advocates speaking out against sexual violence is gaining steam in the faith communities. But are similar efforts happening inside church doors? A movement of la ...

Five Questions for Susan Burton
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project Bio: Founder of A New Way of Life ...

On Scripture: Women, Work, and the Word
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

A recent Pew poll revealed a significant shift in American families. Four in 10 of this country’s households now rely primarily on the income of women. This is both good news and bad. ...

The Biblical Imperative to Speak Out on Sexual Violence and Keep Our Churches Safe
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

It is because Tamar is named — not hidden — that we can begin to understand that we must not replicate the actions of Amnon, Absalom, and David. We must call each other by name. As followers of the Prince of P ...

Advice From an Afghan Mother and Activist: 'Resist These Dark Times'
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Unable to accept unjust suffering than she’d been half her life before, Fahima Vorgetts decided to make it her task to help alleviate the abysmal conditions faced by ordinary Afghans living at or below the pov ...

Breaking the Silence: The Growing Faith Movement to End Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

This is the beautiful side of breaking the silence. And as more advocates plant signposts in the church’s swamp of sexual violence, the muddiest waters are beginning to recede. ...

To Tell the Truth: The Courage to Speak Out Against Respected Men
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

I long for each of us to wrestle with the truth that we are never to blame — no matter how we dress, what we look like, or how much we’ve had to drink. We never, ever deserve to have our bodies treated as obje ...

Bringing Fistula into the Light: International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

Today marks the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, recently designated so by the U.N. General Assembly. A world where fistula is as rare everywhere as it now is in the developed world is possibl ...

June 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Product

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Power of a Personal Pronoun: 5 Suggestions for Gender Inclusivity
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

With such small words, I felt included. I felt like I belonged and maybe, just maybe, I too could do systematic theology. Maybe I didn’t need a dumbed-down version just because I was a woman. ...

No Room at the Inn: Women's Facility Loses Battle With Fortune 500 Company
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

It’s a hard truth that, in the real world, Goliath sometimes beats David. It’s a hard truth that, in the real world, Goliath sometimes beats David. In the July issue of  Sojou ...

10 Myths of Abuse in the Church
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

As a mental health professional, I have observed that many myths of sexual abuse continue to stand in the way of love and healing for survivors of abuse and the community of faith. ...

Church Whistle-Blowers Join Forces on Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

Priests and nuns have quietly banded together to support victims and speak out against protection of sexual predators in the Roman Catholic Church. A group of priests and nuns, ...

Five Questions with Author of 'The Invisible Girls'
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Sarah Thebarge is the author of The Invisible Girls, a new memoir from Jericho Books. I was fortunate to get a few minutes to ask her a few questions about her touching, funny, compelling new piece of work. ...

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Press

May 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Women, Voice, and Pentecost
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

Repentance begins in the heart. So, I must ask: “Will I repent of my silence — my safe silence?” Yes. And a wild wind rushed down and tongues of fire rested on the heads of the ...

What If 'Sex Week' Came to First Baptist Church?
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Blog

With apologies to Campfield’s ever-vigilant protection of Christian sensibilities, the real problem here is not that mandatory student fees are being used to promote sexual education and awareness. The problem ...

Celebrity, Identity, and Angelina Jolie's Medical Choice
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

I don’t feel scandalized or in a position to judge. She made a personal decision and because she’s a personage she went public with it; it’s as simple as that. On Tuesday,  Angel ...

Disney Princesses, Merida's Makeover, and Empowering Girls
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Maybe sexualized images are more marketable, but that is not the point — empowering our girls is. I’m pleased that Disney has reversed its decision to alter one of their best examples of an empowered girl. I h ...

How Abercrombie & Fitch Became Uncool
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Over the weekend, BusinessInsider.com published an article titled “Abercrombie & Fitch Refuses to Make Clothes for Large Women.” The article included a comment made by Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries in 2006 ...

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

It's time for all people of faith to be outraged. It's time for our Christian leaders to stand up and say that women, made in the very image of God, deserve better. And it's time for us in the f ...

In the Image of God: Sex, Power, and ‘Masculine Christianity’
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Most of us are too familiar with this story: an Upper Midwestern Baptist minister claims that “God made Christianity to have a masculine feel [and] ordained for the church a masculine ministry.” Or a Reformed ...

Break the Chains of Modern Slavery
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Resources to help you raise awareness about--and liberate--the slaves among us. Thousands of wo ...

AUDIO: The Battle for the Anna Louise Inn
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Dawn Araujo As Sojourners editorial assistant Dawn Araujo recounts in “ No Room at the Inn ,” from the June ...

PHOTOS: A Historical Look at the Anna Louise Inn
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 8:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo The Anna Louise Inn first opened in 1909. Built on the Taft family’s front yard, the Inn provided safe and affordable housing for women in Cincinnati. Since then, the I ...

What Angelina Jolie’s Mastectomy Teaches Us About the Stigma of Mental Illness
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

To shift the stigma of mental illness the way White did for HIV/AIDS and begin a public conversation the way Jolie has for preventative mastectomy, the mental health movement needs an everyday champion. ...

Ariel Castro: 'I Am a Sexual Predator. I Need Help.'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

We lie to ourselves if we imagine that our sin is no less ugly in the eyes of God than the worst imaginable. Is my, or your sin, really so different? Like everyone else I would gu ...

No Room at the Inn
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Cincinnati's faith leaders cross denominational lines to standup to a corporate bully. REV. ...

Mother Jesus
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger The roles that Jesus plays in John's gospel echo those of women in first-century Palestine. ...

Enslaved at the Border
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Curt Devine When Mexican emigration and U.S. slavery intertwine. MARTA AND LUISA had always fantasized about ...

Mothers Day: The Most Painful Holiday of the Year
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

In an effort to praise and empower marriage, healthy parenting, families, and the sanctity of life, Christian subculture often mistakenly and unintentionally alienates those around us — especially women, ...

'Girl Rising:' Changing the World, One Story at a Time
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 7:48am | Type: Blog

Through the vivid accounts of nine girls from the developing world — Cambodia, Nepal, Peru, Afghanistan, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Haiti, and India — and their valiant struggles for the right to be educat ...

‘What Is Going On with Men?’ TEDx Speaker Urges Fellow Men to Speak Out Against Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Who is missing from the slew of headlines this week on kidnappings, gender-based violence, and victims' paths to healing? The perpetrators themselves — which is why this TEDx video is a must-see. ...

WATCH: Elizabeth Smart on Human Trafficking, Limits of Abstinence Education
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City and held in captivity for nine months in 2002 at age 14, spoke out about her experience at a human trafficking panel at Johns Hopkins Universi ...

'I Believe You:' The Silence and the Shame of Sexual Violence in Church
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Several years ago, Amee Paparella was an eager student at a state university in Ohio. A conservative Christian, she quickly signed up to join the campus ministry. What she found in the group surprised her. “It ...

More Than 100 Million Women Lead Migrant Workers Worldwide
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

If migrants worldwide were their own country, it would be the fifth most populous in the world today. More than 100 million are women. If migrants and refugees worldwide were thei ...